A day off from work started out with the usual: a swim at the university pool, grocery shopping, doing some chores around my tin can cottage.
I am fortunate to have arrived early at Heartland RV Park. I chose an open spot next to the field. So from the front I am awash in a sea of RVs. But in the back I have a private oasis with a field of green.
And that’s the direction from where my extraordinary find came meandering. A chance walk around the back to check on my waterline and there was this other-worldly creature clambering over the stones under my motorhome.
Picking it up with a piece of paper I gingerly set it on the table, got the camera and started shooting. A wind came up, blew the paper off the table and onto me……the creature disappeared.
Frantic, I looked under my chair and table, patted my head gingerly, looked under my feet. Nowhere! Then I went inside and looked in the mirror, lifted my arm. There it was clinging to the cuff of my shirt.
So back outside to commence the photo shoot!
Spicebush, SB for short, has found a home with the park manager’s children. SB is slowly spinning its cocoon. Eventually it will encapsulate itself into a chrysalis and emerge in about 15 days (hopefully) as a blue-winged spicebush swallowtail butterfly.
In all my life I have never seen anything like SB! What a treat to still be in awe of the wonders of Nature!